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Perfect conditions at Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race

Perfect conditions for the close to 500 runners who participated in this year’s Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Stage Race, hosted on Delvera Farm.

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The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run Stage Race joined the Mountain Bike Stage Race in 2017. Through the partnership of Fairtree Capital, the Simonsberg Conservancy, local landowners and event organizers Dirtopia the trail network has enjoyed significant growth the last four years and now plays host to some of the most spectacular views and pieces of single track any outdoor enthusiast could wish for. The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race has also partnered with the Jan Kriel Institute as the official 2018 charity. This non-profit organization is responsible for raisings friends and funds for the children of Jan Kriel School – recently announced as the best “Special Needs School” in South Africa.


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With a total purse of R10 000 up for grabs for the overall winners with equal prize money for the ladies and men runners got their 2019 running season off to a good start. Day one saw the 25km runners make their way from the Dirtopia Trail Centre all the way to the top of Klapmuts Kop for a total elevation gain of 607m. With clear skies and fairly warm conditions it was a tough climb to the top, but with several waterpoints making sure runners stayed hydrated and full of energy it was a worthwhile run to the top.


Stage 1 of the 2 day event was won by Landie Greyling (Ladies 25km, 2:05:57), Chris Strydom (Men 25km, 1:44:25), Daniel Mannweiler (Men 15km, 1:03:14) and Rona Laubser (Ladies 15km, 1:12:22). Ladie Greyling and Chris Strydom also took the QOM and KOM honors.


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Runners and their families were treated to brunch and some ice-cold refreshments at the Dirtopia Trail Centre. Those who wanted, or needed it, could lie down for a welcome massage to help their body recover.


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On Sunday participants made their way towards Uitkyk Wine Estate with the long route runners treated to the 10km Never Say Neverending Again single track trail winding up the Simonsberg Mountain. The day started under some cloud cover and light mist, but nothing like the downpour on day two of the mountain bike event. Climbing to 630m above sea level for a total elevation gain of 596m, the route offered panoramic views of False Bay all the way to Table Bay and north up the West Coast.


Day two was once again dominated by the winners from day one, with all the category wins going to the previous day’s winners, down to the King and Queen of the Mountains trophies that again went to Chris Strydom and Landie Greyling.


This sealed the overall victories, but behind them there was still some places that could be made up. Leonie Schoeman (25km ladies), Nelius Swart (15km men) and Tanya Posthumus Fox (15km Ladies) were all new faces to the podium to stake their claim on the overall result podium finish.


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The two longer distances were joined by a 7km fun run as it allows more runners to enjoy the beautiful trail network and introduce a next generation to the beautiful sport of trail running. This distance also saw several learners from the Anna Foundation join in the fun.


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Great days out racing this weekend. Once again, they’ve put on a great event, always two spectacular days. Day one is really nice, but I prefer day two with the long climb and then the downhill after. I’m really happy with the two days went. The Fairtree Contour is definitely an event to do if you live in or near Stellenbosch. Chris Strydom, Overall Winner, Stage One and Stage Two Winner


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Day one and day 2 of the Fairtree Contour was amazing. I really enjoyed the fast, flowing routes and the view from the top of Klapmutskop yesterday and today from the top of Never Say Never are always special, never disappoints. I had fun out there, fast route, fast run…better weather today. Well done to all the finishers, great an event by Dirtopia and thanks to Fairtree Capital for sponsoring. Landie Greyling, Overall Winner, Stage One and Stage Two Winner


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Sunday is also known as Family Day with better-halves and children joining to capitalize on the chill area and brunch served by the event caterers. This adds to the atmosphere and gives runners the opportunity to relax with their loved ones after the race while waiting for the final results to be announced and the winner’s podium proceedings.


We’d just like to thank all the participants at this year’s event. This event means a lot to Fairtree Capital. It’s great to see repeat participants, the family day on Sunday means a lot to us and we find that we are building friendships through this event. We’d also like to thank the farmers and community who allows us to ride and run through their farms. To Dirtopia and their team, thanks for the beautiful venue and for allowing us to use these great trails and for organizing a great event. Thanks also to the other sponsors who help make this event possible. Francis Wheeler, Fairtree Capital


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Full results are available on www.trailtag.co.za as well as www.fairtreecontour.co.za. Follow us on Twitter @FairtreeContour and Facebook on Fairtree Simonsberg Contour #FairtreeContour.